puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Luxuriously rich velveltely chocolate aroma with creamy nut (wow that sounds bad), coconut, and slight hop aromas. Wonderful to the nose. Slightly dead pour is deep birch-amber. Strong, thick, with wonderful legs. The velvety chocolate carries to the palate with peach, fig, molasses, and sour apple.
tennisjoel (1244) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Shared a small amount with a friend who liked it as well, but doesn’t normally care for hoppy beers. He thought it was good, albeit a little too hoppy for him. I thought the hop content was just about right. Dark Fruit, caramel, honey, vanilla present in the aroma. Sweet with nice bittering to offset the sweetness as well. Very good and warming. Maybe a little subdued compared to the best, but just a notch below. The speedway stout is perfect, this one is almost there. Thanks El Gaucho for another great brew!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was an incredibly delicious barleywine. The aroma is big and sweet, full off caramel, toffee, lots of different fruits, peaches, piney hops and dates and figs. A truly well balanced nose and flavor profile, as I can pick out everything in the nose that is offered on the palate. Has a very warming effect from the alcohol, hoppy but not overly ridiculous, nicely balanced.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
) This beer offers a sweet aroma infused with malt, hops, toffee, caramel, roasted wheat, and fruit. It is cloudy copper with a decent sized off-white head and a great amount of lacing. This thick rich beer has a mild acidic characteristic that slightly dries the mouth. It is sweet, yet mildly bitter taste. The flavor is of hops, caramel, fruit, and little bit of resin. The aftertaste is slightly bitter fruit, caramel, nut taste.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big malty and piney nose, reminiscent of a Bigfoot; deep caramel maltiness with some toasty bread notes; woody, nutty and quite hoppy without being sharp; rounded palate and somewhat chewy; outstanding.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark amber when poured.Hugh sweet nose.Some banana notes with barely any alcohol burn.This was spicy on the tounge for which it had a bite.Nice clean finish with a small warming.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
London Gathering Nov 05: Hazy amber in colour. Heavy caramel aroma and flavour. Sickly sweet unbalanced, unfortunate as the barrel aged version was very drinkable. Lacked the fruity edge i’d hoped for.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Top drop this, but I’d love to try in during a shorter session (a lot shorter...). Poured a nice orange amber colour. Aroma was full of citrus and stonefruits, and alcohol. I know it’s 10%, but it didn’t hide it too well. Highly bitter flavour, which suited me fine. Pretty sweet too. Hopefully I’ll get to try it again.
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pleasant clear amber, with golden highlights. Decent head, which results in some thick lacing. Smells lovely, fresh wet hops, candy, piney. The sugery candy is intriguing. A hint of what might be to come after time.I let this one warm a hair more than I would have. But warming it really brought out some flavors slightly overshadowed in the cooler version I had the first time around. Big big hops, but only a passing attempt at balance. The sugery candy comes out, but only after a full frontal attack on the tastebuds by a team of piney hops and grassy hops.Oily and a bit hot. I suspect time will ease off the alchohol a bit, and produce a real winner.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 2003 bottle. Deep amber with a wispy head. Aroma is super malty, caramel, alcohol and balanced hops. Very bitter with pine all the way through in the initial taste. Some caramel and malt, but oxidization and card board are present (can’t vouch for the storage of this brew). Also taste leather. Body is full and bitter.
This was good but I think that it was poorly cared for before I got it. I think the 2004 will be better as I have stored this my self.